Creativity & Current Events

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I thought about doing a video on it. I still might. For now, I decided to just blog it.

There is, to my mind, a dangerous trend where influencers or other people in positions of authority (whether official or not) are recommending that creatives and would-be entrepreneurs should stop watching the news and focus on their passion. That sounds good, but here are a few reasons why I think it’s a dangerous thing to do.

  1. First of all, you can’t work in a vacuum. You’re not in an isolation tank. You live and work in the real world with real problems and issues that are happening. You need to be aware of what is going on for a variety of reasons.
  2. Your passion or pet project might be something that can help other people (ideally, right?). If you don’t keep up with current events, you won’t have any way of knowing if what you’re working on is viable, outdated, needed, or already available.
  3. You’re choosing to be ignorant. Willful ignorance is the worst kind. You don’t know it all. You can’t choose to ignore what’s going on around you because you know it all. I know people like that. I want as little as possible to do with them.

I understand the reasoning behind the advice to stop watching the news. It’s easy to get dragged into debates, whether online or in person, about what’s going on. It’s easy to get caught up in the news and not get necessary work done. (The same could be said for TV in general, but I’m not even going to recommend people not watch TV/Netflix/whatever. Believe me, I love me some NCIS.) The most recent person I heard say this had good intentions. The rest of his advice was sound. But ignoring any and all news? Nope. I have to disagree with that one.

Besides that….

Something in the news might actually spark an idea that you need to work on.

All this to say: Keep up with current events, but don’t get totally sucked in by the news or anything on TV or your streaming service of choice. Keep creating. The world needs you involved, paying attention, and creative.

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